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Corporate Giving – Iowa Guidelines

We appreciate your interest in Wells Fargo's philanthropic goals and objectives. At Wells Fargo, we believe that grant-making decisions are more effective when made locally. That's why Wells Fargo is actively involved in the communities where we live and work, and why our team members are leaders in helping our communities succeed.
We make grants to all counties in Iowa and the following counties in Western Illinois: Fulton, Henderson, Henry, Knox, Peoria, Rock Island, Tazwell, Warren, Woodford and Whiteside.

Wells Fargo makes contributions in areas that we believe are important to the future of our nation's vitality and success. Our first priority is to support programs and organizations whose chief purpose is to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families. We look for projects that keep our communities strong, diverse, and vibrant. 

Wells Fargo makes grants in three primary areas:

Community Development
Wells Fargo supports the improvement of our local communities through programs that:

  • Create and sustain affordable housing for low and moderate income individuals
  • Promote economic development by financing small businesses or small farms
  • Provide job training and workforce development
  • Provide financial education and promote economic empowerment
  • Help to revitalize low and moderate income communities
Education
Wells Fargo supports organizations that:
  • Promote academic achievement for low to moderate income students
  • Advance teaching through professional development and support
  • Facilitate merit-based access to higher education for underrepresented groups
Human Services
Wells Fargo supports social and human service organizations whose work chiefly benefits low and moderate income individuals and provide:
  • Basic needs assistance
  • Child care
  • Health services and education
Wells Fargo also considers grants in the following area:
Community Engagement
Wells Fargo will consider requests from organizations that enhance a community's quality of life, diversity, and environment through projects involving:
  • Community Beautification
  • Community Education
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Access to cultural experiences for low- and moderate-income individuals
  • Availability of a broad array of artistic opportunities and venues that reflect the community's diversity
  • Arts and cultural educational programs
  • Conservation of natural resources
  • Environmental education
  • Transitions to a sustainable environment
Wells Fargo makes contributions to organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, as well as qualified tribal and governmental agencies, including public school systems.
Organizations must have broad community support and address specific community needs, and must be able to demonstrate fiscal and administrative stability. Please note that Wells Fargo is unable to consider grants for the following:
  • Individuals
  • International organizations
  • Political, labor, religious, or fraternal activities
  • Travel, including student trips
  • Sports and athletic groups and activities
If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits our philanthropic goals and objectives, we encourage you to proceed by reviewing the application guidelines for your region and then submitting a request through our online application.

Organizations in Central Iowa (Polk, Dallas, and Warren Counties)
How to apply for a program grant
Please visit the Our Giving Priorities tab to review our focus areas and determine the focus area category that corresponds most closely with the program for which you plan to request funding. You are invited to submit your funding request during the application period listed below for the focus area you have identified for your program. Requests that are incorrectly categorized will be held and reviewed during the appropriate funding focus review period. Decisions will be made and announced 30 to 60 days after submission deadlines.

Community Engagement: January 1st - February 15th
Education: January 1st - April 15th
Community Development: January 1st - July 15th
Human Services: January 1st - October 15th

All organizations are encouraged to limit their program grant applications to one per year. If your organization needs funding for more than one program please include all relevant information for our committee to review in one application.

How to apply for event sponsorship (a non-marketing sponsorship request)
Wells Fargo often sponsors fundraising events and community fairs, or purchases tables at such events. Applications for event sponsorships are accepted from January 1st through October 15th and will be reviewed monthly. Please apply with a minimum of 60 days prior to the event for consideration.

Organizations outside of Central Iowa
How to apply for a program grant

All organizations are encouraged to limit their program grant applications to one per year. If your organization needs funding for more than one program please include all relevant information for our committee to review in one application.

Program grant requests may be submitted at any time between January 1st and August 15th and are reviewed monthly. Requests must be submitted by the 15th of the month to be reviewed in the following month. Request submitted after August 15th will not be reviewed until the following January. All requests are reviewed locally. Please allow a minimum of 60 days for a response to your request.

How to apply for event sponsorship (a non-marketing sponsorship request)
Wells Fargo often sponsors fundraising events and community fairs, or purchases tables at such events. Applications for event sponsorships are accepted from January 1st through August 15th and will be reviewed monthly. Please apply with a minimum of 60 days prior to the event for consideration.

For more information or assistance in determining the focus area that best matches your organization or program, please contact:
Sarabeth McVey Anderson
Community Affairs Rep
Wells Fargo Bank, MAC N8200-02R
666 Walnut St, 2nd Floor
Des Moines, IA 50309-3907
Email: sarabeth.m.anderson@wellsfargo.com
1. How do you define "low- and moderate-income" individuals and families?
“Low- and moderate-income” is defined as income less than 80 percent of the area median income for the community served.
2. How long does it take for an application to be reviewed?
Generally grant and sponsorship applications are reviewed within 30 days of the applicable deadline and you may expect a notification of the decision within 60 days. Applications received after October 15th from organizations in Central Iowa and applications received after August 15th from organizations in Greater Iowa will not be reviewed until the following year.
3. May I call during the review period to check on our application status?
We respectfully request that you wait 60 days after the applicable deadline before calling to check on your status. In most cases, you will have heard from us within that period.
4. Is there someone locally I can submit my request to?
Please submit your request through our online application.
5. Will someone from Wells Fargo make a site visit to our organization?
Due to the volume of requests we receive, it is not always possible to personally visit each organization. When we do make site visits, they are only to requesting organizations that have submitted complete proposals, or organizations that have previously been funded.
6. If we are declined, may we reapply?
Wells Fargo receives far more grant requests from worthy organizations than we can support. If your request is declined, you are welcome to reapply the following year.
7. When can we expect the check if we are approved?
A check is normally sent out within 30 days of approval.